East Longmeadow High School student charged with 2 counts of rape

David Becker sent apologetic text messages following alleged assault

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – An East Longmeadow High School senior is facing multiple charges after allegedly sexually assaulting two other students following a house party earlier this month. Eighteen year-old David Becker has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery in connection with the April 2 incidents at a house on Allen Street.

According to the application for a criminal complaint, filed by East Longmeadow Police Officer Michael Ingalls (the school resource officer), he began investigating after receiving a tip from a student at the school that two young women were assaulted by Becker while they had been drunk. Ingalls questioned both victims, both of whom are 18 years old.

The first victim told police that she had consumed mixed drinks and shots of vodka before the older sister of the party’s hostess came home and broke up the party. She ended up going to an upstairs bedroom, where she fell asleep on a bed with the second victim. She said that she woke up to discover her pants were pulled down, and that David Becker had his finger in her vagina, something she did not consent to. She then went downstairs to go sleep on a couch.

The victim says she immediately received a text message from Becker saying “Sorry, it’s my fault.” About two and a half hours later, she received a second message from Becker stating: “Very sorry about last night I was very much in the wrong and was an embarrassment… I understand if I’m not your favorite person right now. Just wanted you to know that I really am sorry.” She told police that she didn’t know what to say, so she replied: “don’t even worry about it it’s all good.”

According to Ingalls’ report, the victim said there had been rumors about Becker prior to the incident. “During our conversation, Victim 1 stated that she had heard in the past Mr. Becker had done this to other girls and that his friends sometimes refer to him as ‘David the Rapist.’”

The second victim, meanwhile, told police that she woke up in the middle of the night to the feeling of someone touching one of her breasts, and after pushing the hand away, she felt a hand reach for her buttocks under her underwear. She again pushed the hand away. Later, she says that she woke up to someone having inserted a finger into her vagina. Again, she said that she pushed the hand away and fell back asleep. She woke a third time to David Becker leaving the room and saying goodbye to her.

Ingalls says that after speaking to the victims, they questioned Becker, who told police that during the night he had put his arm around the first victim while the three of them were lying on the bed. Victim 1 did not protest, so he thought it was okay. Ingalls said that Becker added that because she did not stop him, he thought it was okay for him to place his finger in her vagina. Becker denied touching the second victim in any way.

Becker was arraigned in Palmer District Court on April 15, and ordered held until a dangerousness hearing on the 19th. He was released following that hearing, but ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and maintain a curfew. He is also ordered not to have any contact with the victims, and cannot go to East Longmeadow High School.

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